Barnshaws plate rolling division helps produce fresh water and electricity for offshore renewable construction project

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Barnshaw Section Benders Ltd prepared and rolled 388 aluminum plates in order to aid a leading offshore company in generating energy and fresh water from waves.

Barnshaws help produce electricity and fresh water

seawater was used to drive a standard hydroelectric turbine in order to produce electricity

Barnshaw’s Bending Centre in Hamilton was recently awarded with an innovative project involving a wave device for a leading UK offshore company. This was due to Barnshaw’s company’s previous experience working within the renewables sector and competitive pricing as well as quick turnaround time.

The customer played an important role in generating energy from waves, with the added ability to provide drinking water simultaneously for countries in need. Barnshaws were naturally very excited to obtain this assignment.

Barnshaw’s metal bending division in Scotland prepared and rolled aluminium plates. The Hamilton branch provided the project with 388 rolled cylinders at 121 tonnes (800 O/D at 2m wide x 8mm thick). In total the plate bending work took up to 3 weeks.

The end-result of this project presented a float traveling up and down with the waves and operating a pump to pressurise seawater, which was piped ashore. Many individual pumps were connected together to produce substantial amounts of the pressurised water. Once ashore, the seawater was used to drive a standard hydroelectric turbine in order to produce electricity.

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